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Sainfoin, a perspective

We are three years into our sainfoin experiment. The 5 acres directly behind our house is where the former owners kept their horses contained the most. It was highly compacted and had almost 0 vegetation. The sainfoin we planted here is doing well. (pictured above) It’s getting taller and it has been self seeding. It

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Farm Scenes

Sometimes there are no words. Pictures are all that I have. There is so much I have not accomplished. So many things yet to be done. In these times of chaos it waters my soul to settle for a minute and photograph what has been done. The beauty that surrounds me but that I don’t

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American Guinea Hogs for the farm

I am excited to announce we have a breeding pair of American Guinea Hogs chomping away on grass as we speak. Joey is a 7 month old boar. He was calmly walking around the pasture when we first saw him. Meanwhile his brothers were madly humping each other. We picked the calm one. He doesn’t

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Installing Bees- 2017

We built two top barrel beehives many years ago. I’ve been trying to attract a swarm of bees ever since. http://peacockorchard.com/2015/07/16/top-bar-bee-hive-construction/ I have finally called it quits and bought a package of bees. Whooo, nerve wracking. I picked the bees up in their lovely little box. I believed myself fully prepared to install the hive.

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Despite what California farmers would have you think almonds are extremely drought tolerant. What they aren’t is particularly cold tolerant. At least that was what I believed. I have a few Russian Almond bushes flourishing but I really wished I could grow a few sweet almonds. Thanks to One Green World I think I might

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Snow blows. At least around here. I was unsure about how the rest of the property would handle being kratered. The current kraters are on a slight slope between two swales. They have a nice line of bushes blocking the wind. They’ve been doing well. Will all the property do this well? I just wasn’t